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The All Compassionate, the All Merciful
21 Safar 1439 (10 November 2017)
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Sins in Islam- Part 12
The confrontation between Pharaoh and Moses has also been revealed in Ayahs 56-73 of Surah Taha and I quote below Ayahs 56-64 from the said Surah which I will explain in due course:
“And indeed We showed him (Pharaoh) all Our Signs, but he belied and refused to believe.
Said he: “Have you come to us so that you turn us out of our land by your sorcery, O Moses?
Then we too will certainly produce before you a sorcery like it, so make between us and you a tryst, which we will not fail, nor should you, in a place where both parties shall have even chances.”
Moses said: “Your tryst shall be the day of the festival, and let the people be gathered together in the bright of the noon.”
So Pharaoh withdrew, devised his plot and then came back.
Moses said to them: “Woe unto you! Do not forge a lie against God, lest He should destroy you by a chastisement; whoever forges a lie shall certainly fail.”
Then they (sorcerers) disputed about their affair among themselves, and they kept their talk a secret.
They said: “Verily! These are two expert sorcerers who intend to drive you out of your land by their sorcery, and wipe out your most exemplary traditions.
So muster your plan, then come in an organised order and indeed whoever overcomes this day shall gain the upper hand.”
Imam Zainul Abedin (a.s) in his speech in Jamie Mosque highlighted significant points. Amongst them, he referred to the eminence of the Ahlul Bait, that is, the household of the Holy Prophet (s.a), who occupies a special status in Islam. They are the people of the house whose infallibility has been testified by Allah (s.w.t). Moreover they are from the same light as the Holy Prophet (s.a) and they enjoy most of the rights given by Allah (s.w.t) to His Prophet. Various Ayahs in the Holy Quran, such as the Ayahs of Welayat and Mubahala, affirm these facts.
According to most authentic traditions, the Holy Quran and the Ahlul Bait are the two most precious symbols of Islam after the departure of the Holy Prophet (s.a.). The Holy Prophet (s.a) had reminded us to hold fast to them in order not to stray. He also informed us that both the Quran and the Ahlul Bait are inseparable and they are linked to each other until the day of Judgment. This was further attested to by Imam Ali (a.s) in one of his sermons wherein he said: “The Holy Quran and the Ahlul Bait are in close association and firmly held together, and both are to be followed and obeyed.”
To interpret the meaning of the Holy Quran correctly, immeasurable knowledge
and superb understanding are necessary, which are beyond the grasp of most people. The Holy Prophet (s.a) knew that his Ahlul Bait was the fitting fountain of that position, since he had taught the essence and the substance of the Holy Quran and the Sunnah to Ali (a.s), who spent his entire life in the shadow of the Holy Prophet (s.a) and he left a magnificent legacy to his successors. Hence the Ahlul Bait are the best source to explain the meaning of the Holy Quran and to correctly interpret its numerous aspects. They also have an unparalleled knowledge of the Holy Prophet (s.a)’s Sunnah as no one could ever claim otherwise. The Holy Prophet (s.a) has unequivocally stated that adherence to his Ahlul Bait is the only way to salvation:“The example of my Ahlul Bait is the example of the Ark of Noah; whoever boards it, will be saved and whoever stays behind, will be destroyed.” He has also said: “The stars are the refuge for the people of the heavens and my Ahlul Bait is the refuge for my Ummah.”
I quote below two Islamic traditions from Muntakhab Al-Athar:
1. It has been narrated by Imam Ali (a.s) that he was with the Holy Prophet (s.a) one day, when a man approached the Prophet (s.a) and enquired about his successors and asked how many would there be. The Prophet (s.a) advised him that there would be twelve in all, the same as the number of months. He then put his hand on Ali (a.s)’s head and said: “He (Ali) will be my first successor and the twelfth and the last successor will be Mahdi.”
He further enlightened him about their status and said that Allah (s.w.t) sends rain, provides daily bread and grows plants and trees that bear exquisite flowers and produce different kinds of delicious fruits and many other blessings are bestowed on man on account of them. (Page: 92)
2. The following is an extract from a lengthy tradition wherein the Holy Prophet (s.a) had stated: “…Verily the earth cannot prevail without Allah’s custodians and the divine Imams, who are the impeccable and the true believers of Allah. Without them the entire creation would not exist.” ( Page 111)